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Fluid behind eardrum. Taking Augmentin/Nasocort but not helping. Can I use swimmers ear solution drops?

Fluid behind eardrum. Taking Augmentin/Nasocort but not helping. Can I use swimmers ear solution drops?

Not helpful: Only systemic decongestants and antihistamines work for fluid behind the ear drum along with the antibiotics and Nasacort (triamcinolone). ...Read more

Dr. Marjorie Delo
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Swimmer's Ear (Definition)

Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more


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Antipyrine and benzocaine otic solution can this be used for swimmers ear?

Antipyrine and benzocaine otic solution can this be used for swimmers ear?

I discourage it: This is a numbing solution for painful ear drums.It has to therapuetic effect and may worsen the swimmers ear.Appropriate antibiotic ear drops would be a better fix. ...Read more

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Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution, 0.3 as base was prescribed to my 10 year old this summer for ear infection (possible swimmers ear). Why are there so many contradictory responses regarding this medicine. I know it depends on the type of ea

Do not use it.: This class of medications is not approved for pediatric patients if safer antibiotics are available. A single oral dose of the fluoroqunalones may disable. Prescribing an ophthalmic preparation for otic (ear) purposes is inappropriate. The best treatment for swimmers ear is acidifying the ear canal to kill off the yeast and restore normal flora, like Domeboro solution, which is OTC. ...Read more

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How to help swimmers ear?

How to help swimmers ear?

Have it cleaned: The best treatment for swimmer's ear, before any medications, is a professional cleaning to remove the infected wax. For prevention, an acidified alcohol solution may be used after swimming. Do not use any home remedies if you may have a perforation. ...Read more

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Is swimmers ear permanent?

Is swimmers ear permanent?

Not permanent: Swimmer's ear describes infection of the external auditory canal. While the infection can be chronic and recurrent, particularly in swimmers and those who tend to get water or moisture in their ear canals, it is not a "permanent" disease. ...Read more

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How can I fix swimmers ear?

Debridement, drops: First thing is removing the debris that accompanies the infection. The next is treating the infection with either antibiotic ear drops, or when there is an intact ear drum, treatment with vinegar/water mixture. ...Read more

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How can I treat swimmers ear?

How can I treat swimmers ear?

Vinegar & alcohol: Use a solution of 1/2 white vinegar, and 1/2 rubbing alcohol. Place 5-10 drops in each ear after swimming, lying on each side for 5-10 minutes. If you feel you have an infection, use the drops 4 times a day. The alcohol dries the ear canal, and the white vinegar maintains a healthy acid/base balance (pH) to prevent infection. ...Read more

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Can swimmers ear naturally heal?

Can swimmers ear naturally heal?

Maybe: Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is an infection of the ear canal. It can be very painful, with more pain on chewing or moving the ear. There is often some foul-smelling drainage from the ear, which may block hearing. While it may go away on its own, proper treatment (antibiotic ear drops and cleaning out the ear canal) prevent further spread of infection and resolve symptoms much more quickly. ...Read more

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Swimmers ear still blocked 7 days?

Swimmers ear still blocked 7 days?

Swimmer's ear or wax: Swimmer's ear is inflammation, irritation, or infection of the outer ear and ear canal. It can be treated with drops; it is reasonable to try vinegar drops first before obtaining a prescription drop. If the ear is completely blocked, however, it could be from impacted wax. This can be softened with hydrogen peroxide then flushed out with warm water. If neither treatment works, see your doctor! ...Read more

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How to tell if I have swimmers ear?

How to tell if I have swimmers ear?

Swimmers ear: If you have a smelly discharge from your ear , it may and i emphasize it may indicate swimmers ear. Also if gently tug on the pinnacle of the ear and you elicit pain it's a good bet that you have swimmers ear. ...Read more